Getting people to walk in L.A. is tough enough without buckled sidewalks like this nearly block-long stretch on Cudahy Street near Locke Avenue in El Sereno. Not only is the sidewalk buckled, but some chunks have broken off and slipped down a hillside. The sidewalk, which serves as one of the paths to nearby El Sereno Elementary, has been in this state for several years but an El Sereno resident has taken upon himself to finally get it fixed.
Billy Branch, who lives a block away from the crumbling sidewalk, took some photos and set up a Facebook page – Fix The Sidewalk on Cudahy – to attract attention to the problem. There’s no sidewalk on the other side of the street, so pedestrians walk on the street instead of venturing on the damaged sidewalk, which appears ready to slide down into a vacant lot.
“Part of the problem is that the sidewalk is at the top of a downslope/hill, so, you can’t just lay new sidewalk – it needs some serious ‘shoring up’ or some type of reinforcement below the sidewalk,” said Branch in an email.
Looks like that Facebook page is getting results. A field deputy for Councilman Jose Huizar has contacted Branch about meeting at the sidewalk to discuss the problem. Stay tuned.
* Update: After meeting with a council office representative, Branch was told that brush and trash debris was to be cleaned up and the whole sidewalk should be repaired within four weeks.